London Critical Mass rides on the last Friday of every month. On its May 2005 ride it had this confrontation with a motorist. The MP4 video is H.264 codec. Topics: London Critical Mass, Cyclists, Motorist
London Critical Mass UK visits the Chinese Embassy on its March 2008 ride. Despite wet and windy conditions more than 100 riders started, accompanied by about 20 police cyclists and the usual police van. Police have a habit of blocking the front of the ride at some intersections and traffic lights which tends to make it slower than otherwise and holds up traffic. Under the notorious SOCPA law, which might soon be repealed, Critical Mass sound systems are not allowed to be played near... Topics: Critical Mass, cyclists, bicyclists, SOCPA
Video of UK London Critical Mass on its monthly ride, defying the Metropolitan Police appeal. There was a large attendance, possibly 1,000 or more, thanks to the call-out, some media attention and reaction to the court case. The cycle police were pretty laid back and vastly outnumbered, though they did still try to manage the ride by blocking the front so that the back could catch up. What does it matter if a 1,000 riders get split into two or more though? Towards the end of the ride the police... Topics: Critical Mass, cyclists, police, bicycles
Starting at the Bank in the City of London, the Mass makes its way through the East End, watched by a police helicopter. On arriving at 'Custom House' Docklands Light Railway station, one of the main entrances to the Arms Fair, riders stay for a while and then decide to go to a local cafe for a cup of tea. The cafe owner there is sympathetic to the riders and is against the Arms Fair. Moving on, the way is blocked by police while there is an attempt to free some protesters who have locked... Topics: Critical Mass, Cycling Cyclists, DSEi 2005 Arms
Critical Mass London England. A fairly smooth Halloween style ride with few if any police hassles. There were a good numbers compared to the previous month. Several sound systems. No blocking junctions this time. Some London landmarks are highlighted. The video is MPEG4 36Mb 7mins 36secs long. http://criticalmasslondon.org.uk Topics: Critical Mass, cycle ride, cyclists, bicycles, police
On its May 2005 ride, London Critical Mass held an impromptu street party outside a pub used by cycle couriers. The police looked on unperturbed, despite the delay to traffic. The MP4 video is H.264 codec. Size 13Mb. Run time 2min 13 secs. Topics: London Critical Mass, Cyclists street party
The video shows how riders on the February ride were ordered through red lights by the police, despite it inconveniencing pedestrians who had right of way. Later on the police van was blocked by some bollards and petulantly sounded its twos-n-blues much to the amusement of the riders. A policeman at the beginning of the ride let slip that he was concerned about CM causing mayhem to motorists, thus revealing his true agenda. Also mentioned was that CM sound systems are not allowed in the London... Topics: Critical Mass cyclists, Critical Mass London
London Critical Mass June 2008 ride. About 600 cyclists set off from the South Bank for London Critical Mass June ride, with it usual large police retinue, who sometimes block the front of the ride causing delays to traffic. Arriving at Brixton there was a minute's silence for Marie, who was killed by a motorist while cycling with a group of friends to the Carnival Against the Arms Trade outside EDO-MBM arms factory in Brighton on Wednesday 4th June 2008. On the return journey the ride somehow... Topics: Critical Mass London, cyclists, bicyclists, monthly ride.
This time the cops decided to get tough with riders without lights and those who go through red lights and also with sound systems in the SOCPA zone. Anyone carrying a placard within the zone, close to Parliament, is liable to arrest if they do not have prior police permission. Cars are allowed to play their sound systems within the zone but not bicycles it seems. One of the highlights of the ride was storming through the Aldwych underpass, something the police normally prevent. We had a fun... Topics: Critical Mass cyclists, Critical Mass London
London Critical Mass enters the Exclusion Zone. On its September ride Critical Mass riders were issued with a police warning that the ride is illegal and that riders would risk arrest in the future. Additionally, the Mass always starts just outside a new exclusion zone around Parliament, where demonstrations without police permission and the use of sound systems are illegal. In defiance of the new draconian legislation the October Mass attracted many new supporters. The ride was much bigger... Topics: London Critical Mass, Critical Mass, Cycling, Cyclists
London Critical Mass 14th Anniversary ride. A fun ride well attended with good weather. Early in the ride police blocked the front at traffic lights and prevented movement, even when the lights were green. This is a familiar tactic which is done to compress the ride into as small a space as possible, with officers and a van at the back hassling stragglers to keep up, which slows things down and holds up traffic as well as making cycling difficult. Several riders deep managed to completely... Topics: Critical Mass London, cyclists, bicyclists, monthly ride.
Video of July ride of London Critical Mass. As usual at the start of the ride the police were threatening riders with sound systems with arrest if they dare to play them within the SOCPA zone around Parliament. Something they do not do to motorists with sound systems. The ride was fast with an interesting route and no stops at junctions for a change. Everything went well until the police decided to pull over a sound system in Park Lane towards the end of the ride, well outside of the SOCPA... Topics: Critical Mass, cycle ride, cyclists, bicycles, police